Horace Benbow

Display Name: 
Horace Benbow
Sort Name: 
Benbow, Horace
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Family: 
Benbow
Occupation: 
Professional
Specific Job: 
Lawyer
Date of Birth: 
Saturday, January 1, 1887 to Sunday, December 31, 1893
Origin: 
Yoknapatawpha
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Biography: 

The last male descendant of the aristocratic Benbow family, Horace served as a noncombatant with the YMCA during World War I. Like his father he is a lawyer. Like Quentin Compson, he is characterized by his ineffectuality, and is often depicted at the mercy of his sister Narcissa, his mistress and eventual wife Belle, and even Belle's sister, Joan, with whom he has a very brief affair. By the end of the novel he and Belle have moved to a new town some distance from Jefferson, where Horace feels very much in exile; he returns to Jefferson as the central character in Sanctuary.

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